Myths About Root Canals and Root Canal Pain

Hay muchos conceptos erróneos que rodean conducto radicular (endodoncia) tratamiento y si los pacientes experimentan dolor del conducto radicular. La Asociación Americana de Endodoncia quiere que tenga información precisa. Como siempre, al considerar cualquier procedimiento médico, usted debe obtener tanta información como sea posible acerca de todas sus opciones. Su dentista oendodoncista puede responder a muchas de sus preguntas, and if you still have concerns, it is often wise to seek a second opinion.

Mito #1—Tratamiento del conducto radicular es doloroso.

Truth—Tratamiento de conducto no causa dolor, it relieves it.

The perception of root canals being painful began decades ago but with modern technologies and anesthetics, root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. De hecho, a recent survey showed that patients who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it aspainlessthan patients who have not had root canal treatment.

Most patients see their dentist or endodontist when they have a severe toothache. El dolor de muelas puede ser causado por los tejidos dañados en el diente.Root canal treatment removes this damaged tissue from the tooth, thereby relieving the pain you feel.

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Mito #2—Endodoncia causas enfermedad.

Mito #2 — Endodoncia causas enfermedad.

The myth: Patients searching the Internet for information on root canals may find sites claiming that teeth receiving root canal (endodoncia) treatment contribute to the occurrence of illness and disease in the body. This false claim is based on long-debunked and poorly designed research performed nearly a century ago by Dr. Un Weston. Price, at a time before medicine understood the causes of many diseases.

En la década de 1920, Dr. Precio abogó por la extracción del diente—el procedimiento dental más traumático—sobre endodoncia. This resulted in a frightening era of tooth extraction both for treatment of systemic disease and as a prophylactic measure against future illness.

The truth: There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body. A root canal is a safe and effective procedure. When a severe infection in a tooth requiresendodontic treatment, that treatment is designed toeliminate bacteria from the infected root canalprevent reinfection of the tooth andsave the natural tooth.

  • The presence of bacteria in teeth and the mouth has been an accepted fact for many years. But the presence of bacteria does not constitute “infección” and is not necessarily a threat to a person’s health. Bacteria are present in the mouth and teeth at all times, even in teeth that have never had a cavity or other trauma. Research shows that the healthy immune system takes care of bacteria in a matter of minutes.
  • Tooth extraction is a traumatic procedure and is known to cause a significantly higher incidence of bacteria entering the bloodstream; endodontic treatment confined to the root canal system produces much less trauma and a much lower incidence and magnitude of bacteria entering the blood stream.
  • There is no adequate replacement for the natural tooth – se debe guardar siempre que sea posible.Root canal treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost effective way to treat infected teeth because it is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of an implant. En la mayoría de los casos, endodontic treatment allows patients to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.
  • As recently as 2013, research published inOtorrinolaringología JAMA—Cabeza & Neck Surgery, found that patients with multiple endodontic treatments had a 45 por cientoreduced risk of cancer.


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Mito #3—Una buena alternativa al tratamiento de endodoncia es la extracción de (pulling the tooth).

Truth—Salvando a los dientes naturales, if possible, is the very best option.

Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. If your dentist recommends extraction, ask whethertratamiento de conducto is an option.

Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant.

Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate, comparable a la de los implantes dentales. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.

Placement of a bridge or an implant will require significantly more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.

Millones de dientes tratados endodónticamente saludables servicio a pacientes en todo el mundo durante muchos años después del tratamiento. Those healthy teeth are helping patients chew efficiently, maintain the natural appearance of their smiles and enhance their enjoyment of life. Through endodontic treatment, endodontistas en todo el mundo permiten a los pacientes a mantener sus dientes naturales para toda la vida.

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